Germany rout Italy; Hungary embarrass England

Sports Desk, Jun 14 (EFE).- Germany beat Italy 5-2 on Tuesday to go second in Nations League Group A3 behind surprising Hungary, who pounded last-place England 4-0, the worst home defeat for the Three Lions since 1926.

In Group 4 of League A, the top tier of the competition, the Netherlands edged Wales 3-2 and are 3 points clear of second-place Belgium, who got past Poland 1-0.

Only the group winners will advance to the semifinals, while the last-place finishers face relegation to League B.

Die Mannschaft had 66 percent possession against Roberto Mancini’s work-in-progress Italy in Mönchengladbach and led 2-0 at the break on a Joshua Kimmich goal in the 10th minute and a penalty converted by Ilkay Gündogan in first-half stoppage time.

Thomas Müller made it 3-0 early in the second half and Timo Werner scored twice in two minutes to put Germany up 5-0 with 20 minutes left in regulation.

One of the new players brought in by Mancini, 18-year-old Wilfried Gnonto, salvaged some honor for the Azzurri with a goal in the 78th minute and Alessandro Bastoni got a second in stoppage time.

The Germans improved to 6 points, 1 better than Italy and a point shy of Hungary, who posted their first away win over England in 69 years.

Ten days after eking out a 1-0 victory against the English in Budapest, the Hungarians scored a four goals and kept a clean sheet in front of stunned Three Lions supporters in Wolverhampton.

With 69 percent of the ball, England put only two shots on target, compared with five for the visitors. Hungary took the lead in the 16th minute on a goal by Roland Sallai, who added a second in the 70th minute.

Zsolt Nagy extended the advantage in the 80th minute, two minutes before England defender John Stones was sent off for a second yellow care, and Daniel Gazdag scored in the 89th.

England remain without a win and have just two games left in the group stage to avoid relegation.

In Rotterdam, Noa Lang opened the scoring for the Dutch in the 17th minute and Cody Gakpo doubled the lead six minutes later, but Brennan Johnson clawed one back for the Dragons in the 26th minute.

The score was still 2-1 in the 89th minute when Wales was awarded a penalty. VAR confirmed the call and Gareth Bale converted from the spot in the 91st minute.

Wales got so carried away with celebrating that they opened the door to Memphis Depay to win it for the home side seconds later.

Michy Batshuayi put Belgium up 1-0 in the 16th minute in Warsaw and the visitors hung on to take all 3 points from a Poland side that struggled on the attack despite the return of Robert Lewandowski from injury.

The Dutch are top of the group with 10 points, followed by Belgium with 7. EFE


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